Do you collect valuable antiques? Is your wine collection the envy of your social circle? Are you a musician who owns several valuable instruments? If so, and you’re planning to use self storage for any of these items, strongly consider climate-controlled storage.
What is Climate-Controlled Storage?
Climate-controlled storage is an additional option offered by many self-storage facilities. Climate-control keeps a unit’s indoor temperature between 55° F and 85° F and maintains a humidity level of 55%. If you need a comparison, the average air-conditioned home stays between 35% and 45% humidity. Think of climate control as an air-conditioner, humidifier, and dehumidifier combination to sustain the proper temperature and humidity levels for specific types of items.
Be aware that there is a difference between temperature control and climate control. Some facilities offer temperature control, which only manages the temperature. Climate control manages temperature and humidity to control moisture levels.
You may be storing in an area that suffers from extreme heat and humidity during the summer months, extreme cold during the winter, or combinations of these conditions throughout the year. To maintain your possessions in ultimate condition, climate-controlled storage is your best bet.
Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether climate-controlled storage is a good solution for you.
Question 1. Does the temperature where you’ll be storing your belongings drop below 32° F or rise above 90° F?
Question 2. Is the facility located in a climate that is subject to high humidity?
Question 3. Do any of your possessions have high monetary or sentimental value?
Question 4. Are you storing for a lengthy period of time?
Question 5. Will you be making frequent visits to your unit, in which case you’ll want comfortable conditions?
If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, you need climate-controlled storage to protect what is important to you.
What Should be Stored in Climate-Controlled Storage?
You may have inherited an antique table from a close relative. You don’t want to use it because it doesn’t blend with your contemporary look, but you certainly don’t want to dispose of it. So, you decide to store it. Against the advice of the storage facility manager, you decide to use storage that is NOT climate controlled because it is less expensive.
A year later you decide that you want to use this beautiful piece. You go to your storage unit to retrieve it and find mildew on the fabric and swollen, cracked wood trim. Climate-controlled storage would have prevented the damage and maintain the original condition of the piece. You can replace this item, but you’ve lost both the monetary and sentimental value.
Now that you understand the true value of climate-controlled storage, check the following list to determine which of your valuables should be stored in a climate-controlled unit.
Artwork and Craft Supplies
Leather and Upholstered Furniture
Stamp, Coin, and Comic Book Collections
Wood and Antique Furniture
Vinyl Record Collections
Climate-controlled storage is slightly more expense, but you don’t want to have regrets when an easy solution is readily available. Talk to your storage professional for details.